Gallery Pradarshak in Mumbai celebrates its 25th anniversary
Known as the smallest gallery of fine art in India, Pradarshak marks its 25th anniversary with workshops and discussions this weekend
Nestled in the suburbs of Khar, Mumbai, this 60sq-ft gallery has made its mark as a platform for emerging artists. It has received both national and international recognition over a quarter of a century, which will soon culminate in a specially curated 25th anniversary exhibition featuring 25 eminent pan-India artists from June 6th to 21st, 2019.
In addition to the exhibition, the gallery aims to attract young minds to encourage budding talent. According to their programme, the events of June 8th and 9th will commence with doodling and water colour workshops by Manish Rangnekar and Amol Pawar respectively. These will be followed by an Open House, wherein art enthusiasts of all ages can interact with professional artists. This provides a networking platform for hopefuls seeking qualified art instructors.
In an endeavour to promote conversations on art, the gallery has organised panel discussions. From the vantage point of a continuous growth where the gallery has been privy to volatile graphs of successes and failures, has emerged a potentially engaging topic – Creative Success versus Commercial Success. This panel is set to feature Prabhakar Kolte, senior artist and revered teacher; Anu Ranjan, president of The Indian Television Academy and the editor of Gr8; Bose Krishnamachari, artist and the founder-curator Kochi Muziris Biennale; and Milburn Cherian, an internationally acclaimed artist. The panel will be moderated by Bela Shanghvi, president of Crafts Council of Maharashtra, textile artist, jewellery designer and entrepreneur.
Both art and architecture inhabit and project narratives. The two streams often overlap as genres in more ways than one, making it difficult to define boundaries. In the opinion of Gallery Pradarshak, the integration of arts into the socio-cultural fabric of society has paved the creative landscape for the development of architecture. How, therefore, does an artistic approach inform an architectural project? The second discourse seeks to explore the common language between the two under the title, The Influence of Art in Architecture.
The impressive line-up for this panel includes Sanjay Puri, a world-renowned architect, Arzan Khambatta, architect and sculptor; Rajiv Mishra, director of Directorate of Art, State of Maharashtra and principal of the Sir JJ School of Architecture. The discourse will be moderated by Brinda Miller, artist and founder-curator of Kala Ghoda Art Festival, Mumbai.
As Gallery Pradarshak embarks on the next phase of its journey, it seeks to promote interactive sessions to bring together artists, art connoisseurs, architects and designers from diverse backgrounds to contribute to the larger conversation on art.